EFF in the News
Now, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the FAA has released a list of institutions that have asked for Certificates of Authorizations (COA) to fly drones in the United States.
The digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a brief with the court on behalf of users who weren't infringing copyright and lost access to their data when it was shutdown. The EFF has asked the court for a procedure to assist innocent people to recover their files.
The list obtained by the EFF represents all entities that have applied for drone permits, but doesn't show how many drones each entity has, said Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney with the group. FAA officials have talked about the existence of about 300 active permits.
The information came to light in a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for greater freedom, particularly as it relates to technology.
Following a number of FOIA requests, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) now has a list of the towns, counties, states and agencies with permission to fly drones. Presented by Forbes' Kashmir Hill, it's a pretty diverse list of groups that includes organizations you might expect (the Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, DARPA) and some you might not (Cornell University?).
John Perry Barlow, lyricist for the Grateful Dead and co-founder of the well-known advocacy group Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF), says the over-arching motivation of such efforts, whatever tactics are used, was to shift the nature of society.
If you don’t like drones, it’s time to move to Hawaii. It’s one of the few places in the U.S. where no licenses have been issued for unmanned air flights. If you prefer the mainland, North Carolina, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa are a few of your options. Consult this interactive map via EFF for relocation planning purposes.
John Perry Barlow
Co-founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF, founded in 1990, described itself as "the first line of defence" when online freedoms come under attack. Through a mix of direct action, legal challenges and political advocacy, the group lobbies on freedom of speech, surveillance and intellectual property issues. The former Grateful Dead lyricist was one of the EFF's founding members and has been one of its loudest public voices ever since.
“We now have organisations with the ability to stifle free expression with no bill of rights that applies to them – just terms of service,” he said. “The EFF have investigated everything we can think of [against this], and all we can find is anti-trust law, and we’re not nearly rich enough for that kind of action.”